Excerpt: August in Kabul by Andrew Quilty

...A week later, on 6 September, over breakfast, Hanif once again broached the decision to hand Nadia over to the Taliban as a bride. “You must accept it,” he told her. Again, Nadia refused. And again, Hanif flew into a rage, this time punching her as if she...

On a wing and a prayer

Among the many virtues of John Lancaster's delightful The Great Air Race is how vividly it conveys the entirely different world of aviation at the dawn of the industry a century ago Source link

Book Box: Why We Need Memoirs — 2

Dear Reader, It’s a sunny winter afternoon on the Malabar Coast, and I am teaching a personal storytelling class at IIM Kozhikode. Sixty students are seated in an amphitheatre-like classroom, on a campus spread over hillsides covered with coconut and chikoo...

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is an edition of companion volumes that showcases 25 nazmseach from two of India’s most iconic Urdu poets, Jan Nisar Akhtar and Kaifi Azmi, another two-volume set on the story of humanity from prehistory to the present day, told...

Review: Zikr by Muzaffar Ali

Learning is an eternal quest, and the path of seeking will hopefully lead the individual to ‘truth’. Guided by this philosophy, Muzaffar Ali is perennially in learning mode. His varied pursuits have ranged from vintage cars, painting and filmmaking to poetry,...

Re-reading the Ramayana of Valmiki

Kamala Subramaniam’s English translation of Valmiki’s Ramayana came out in 1981, published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. It is an abridged edition of the 24,000 verses that constitute the original but is a hefty 695 pages for all that. We need commitment to read...